Bob Shiles

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: bshiles@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-416-5165


About Bob Shiles

Covering county government, state government and Maxton

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LUMBERTON — The Christmas season arrived in Robeson County on Saturday as scores of people looking to get into the holiday spirit lined the streets from downtown Lumberton to Biggs Park Mall for the annual Lumberton Christmas Parade.
Many, like Gail Jacobs of Lumberton, have adopted the parade as a family tradition. Jacobs, who with her chur

City ushers in holiday spirit

LUMBERTON — The Christmas season arrived in Robeson County on Saturday as scores of people looking to get into the holiday spirit lined the streets from downtown Lumberton to Biggs Park Mall for the annual Lumberton Christmas Parade. Many, like Gail Jacobs of Lumberton, have adopted the parade as a family tradition. Jacobs, who with her chur

LUMBERTON — Local businessman Murchison “Bo” Biggs, has been appointed to serve on the board of the state Golden LEAF Foundation, which works to promote the economies of areas that were hurt by the loss of tobacco-related jobs.
The four-year term, which begins Dec. 1, was made by Thom Tillis, the speaker of the N.C. House of Repr

Biggs named to Golden LEAF board

LUMBERTON — Local businessman Murchison “Bo” Biggs, has been appointed to serve on the board of the state Golden LEAF Foundation, which works to promote the economies of areas that were hurt by the loss of tobacco-related jobs. The four-year term, which begins Dec. 1, was made by Thom Tillis, the speaker of the N.C. House of Repr

RAEFORD — An effort by some Lumbee Tribal Council members Thursday to push through a moratorium on any foreclosures “until further notice” fell short of needed votes.
“It's crazy. No way should we be putting our people out on the street,” Councilman William Maiden said after Thursday's meeting at the Boys and Girls Cl

Tribal Council can't stop foreclosures

RAEFORD — An effort by some Lumbee Tribal Council members Thursday to push through a moratorium on any foreclosures “until further notice” fell short of needed votes. “It's crazy. No way should we be putting our people out on the street,” Councilman William Maiden said after Thursday's meeting at the Boys and Girls Cl

PEMBROKE — A count of provisional votes on Friday did not change the results of Tuesday's Tribal Council election results for District 7. Bill James Brewington remains the winner of the seat currently held by Terry Campbell.
District 7 was the only district where provisional ballots were counted and could have changed the outcome of the thre

Provisional count doesn't change Lumbee election results

PEMBROKE — A count of provisional votes on Friday did not change the results of Tuesday's Tribal Council election results for District 7. Bill James Brewington remains the winner of the seat currently held by Terry Campbell. District 7 was the only district where provisional ballots were counted and could have changed the outcome of the thre

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina voters Tuesday ousted two incumbents in the three contested races for Tribal Council and brought back a former councilman.
In an election that saw only 942 people go to the polls, incumbent McDuffie Cummings lost his re-election bid in District 6 to challenger Douglas Locklear Jr. Locklear won with 1

Two incumbents lose re-election to Tribal Council

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina voters Tuesday ousted two incumbents in the three contested races for Tribal Council and brought back a former councilman. In an election that saw only 942 people go to the polls, incumbent McDuffie Cummings lost his re-election bid in District 6 to challenger Douglas Locklear Jr. Locklear won with 1

Lumbees head to polls to elect 3

PEMBROKE — Members in three of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina's 14 voting districts head to the polls today to elect three members to the tribe's 21-member Tribal Council. Polls in the three districts are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Election officials are expecting a low voter turnout because there is no election this year for trib

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina voters Tuesday ousted two incumbents in the three contested races for Tribal Council and brought back a former councilman.
In an election that saw only 942 people go to the polls, incumbent McDuffie Cummings lost his re-election bid in District 6 to challenger Douglas Locklear Jr. Locklear won with 1

Two incumbents lose re-election to Tribal Council

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina voters Tuesday ousted two incumbents in the three contested races for Tribal Council and brought back a former councilman. In an election that saw only 942 people go to the polls, incumbent McDuffie Cummings lost his re-election bid in District 6 to challenger Douglas Locklear Jr. Locklear won with 1

Brooks mute on Townsend hiring

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks is refusing to answer any questions about his decision to hire a former tribal administrator who was dismissed after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for that position. Brooks, through tribal spokesman Gary Strickland, said Wednesday that he will ma

Tribal elections set for today

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina voters in three of the tribe's 13 districts, including District 12 in Scotland County, go to the polls today to elect members to fill three seats on the Tribal Council. Another four seats to be filled are uncontested. There is no election this year for tribal chairman. The contested seats are Distri

LUMBERTON — Environmentalists concerned with coal ash remaining on the property of the old Weatherspoon generating plant in Lumberton are calling for Duke Energy to come up with a plan that will ensure that coal ash stored on the Weatherspoon property will not endanger public health or the environment surrounding the Lumber River.
“We

Groups asking for coal-ash solution

LUMBERTON — Environmentalists concerned with coal ash remaining on the property of the old Weatherspoon generating plant in Lumberton are calling for Duke Energy to come up with a plan that will ensure that coal ash stored on the Weatherspoon property will not endanger public health or the environment surrounding the Lumber River. “We

PEMBROKE — McDuffie Cummings strongly disagrees with Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks and others who say the defeat of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in the Nov. 4 General Election means death to Lumbee federal recognition efforts.
“I am optimistic that recognition will happen with Republican senators representing North Carolina and with Republicans c

Cummings likes chances with Tillis

PEMBROKE — McDuffie Cummings strongly disagrees with Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks and others who say the defeat of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in the Nov. 4 General Election means death to Lumbee federal recognition efforts. “I am optimistic that recognition will happen with Republican senators representing North Carolina and with Republicans c

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina voters in three of the tribe's 13 districts go to the polls Tuesday to elect members to fill three seats on the Tribal Council. Another four seats to be filled Tuesday are uncontested.
There is no election this year for tribal chairman.
Sheila Beck Jones, chairman of the tribe's Board of Elections,

'Quiet' election expected Tuesday for Tribal Council

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina voters in three of the tribe's 13 districts go to the polls Tuesday to elect members to fill three seats on the Tribal Council. Another four seats to be filled Tuesday are uncontested. There is no election this year for tribal chairman. Sheila Beck Jones, chairman of the tribe's Board of Elections,

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks is refusing to answer any questions about his decision to hire a former tribal administrator who was dismissed after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for that position.
Brooks, through tribal spokesman Gary Strickland, said Wednesday that he will ma

Brooks mute on Townsend hiring

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks is refusing to answer any questions about his decision to hire a former tribal administrator who was dismissed after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for that position. Brooks, through tribal spokesman Gary Strickland, said Wednesday that he will ma

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks has hired a former tribal administrator who was fired after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for the position.
Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend is now employed as the tribe's new director of Youth Services. In that position her responsibilities will includ

Townsend back working for Lumbee Tribe

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks has hired a former tribal administrator who was fired after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for the position. Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend is now employed as the tribe's new director of Youth Services. In that position her responsibilities will includ

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks has hired a former tribal administrator who was fired after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for the position.
Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend is now employed as the tribe's new director of Youth Services. In that position her responsibilities will includ

Townsend back working for the Lumbee tribe

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks has hired a former tribal administrator who was fired after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for the position. Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend is now employed as the tribe's new director of Youth Services. In that position her responsibilities will includ

LUMBERTON — Environmentalists concerned with coal ash still on the property of the old Weatherspoon generating plant in Lumberton say that the only way to ensure that it does not seep into the Lumber River and cause harm is for all of it to be removed from the property.
“The coal ash at the Weatherspoon site is just as dangerous as it

Meeting to address coal-ash threat

LUMBERTON — Environmentalists concerned with coal ash still on the property of the old Weatherspoon generating plant in Lumberton say that the only way to ensure that it does not seep into the Lumber River and cause harm is for all of it to be removed from the property. “The coal ash at the Weatherspoon site is just as dangerous as it

LUMBERTON — The Robeson Community College board of trustees moved Monday to ensure that additional academic scholarship money is available for students during the spring semester.
At the request of college officials, the board approved moving $75,000 from the college's Bookstore Fund to be used for the scholarships. Bookstore funds are mainl

RCC shifts funds to provide scholarships

LUMBERTON — The Robeson Community College board of trustees moved Monday to ensure that additional academic scholarship money is available for students during the spring semester. At the request of college officials, the board approved moving $75,000 from the college's Bookstore Fund to be used for the scholarships. Bookstore funds are mainl

PEMBROKE — Kyle Carter, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, announced today that he will retire on June 30. At his retirement, he will have served almost four decades in the field of higher education.
In a letter to the university, Carter said he assesses his career every five years. Because next summer marks his fift

Carter announces retirement as chancellor at UNCP on June 30

PEMBROKE — Kyle Carter, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, announced today that he will retire on June 30. At his retirement, he will have served almost four decades in the field of higher education. In a letter to the university, Carter said he assesses his career every five years. Because next summer marks his fift

LUMBERTON — To understand the present and move forward into the future, you have to understand the past.
That message from W.A. Merritt, the North Carolina field secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, rang loud and clear Thursday when he was at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to discuss three past civil righ

Landmark bill turns 50

LUMBERTON — To understand the present and move forward into the future, you have to understand the past. That message from W.A. Merritt, the North Carolina field secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, rang loud and clear Thursday when he was at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to discuss three past civil righ

Duke Energy told to reassess damage from coal-ash leaks

LUMBERTON — Although state regulators have ordered Duke Energy to resubmit its proposal for assessing the extent of groundwater contamination leaking from 33 coal-ash dumps across the state, local efforts focus on having Duke remove all coal ash deposits on the property of the former Weatherspoon generating plant. “The problem with coa





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